Tom Davies, Kieren Parnell and Nick Yarran

A trinity of Saints sign on

10.01.19 12:35

NT Thunder continues its new year signings with Tom Davies, Kieren Parnell and Nick Yarran all re-committing to its 2019 NEAFL squad.

The familiar faced trio all hail from NTFL club St Mary’s and will bring speed and depth right across the ground.

At 24-years-old, Davies is the oldest of the lot and will line up for his third season representing the Territory, after amassing a successful 31 games in his first two years.

Predominantly known for his defensive efforts and ‘can do’ attitude, NT Thunder Head Coach Darren Reeves said Davies role could be expanded on this season.

“Tom is a key position player who can play both ends of the ground but has settled into defence the past few seasons.

“We love his attitude, especially how he attacks the contest and we look forward to him expanding his offensive game and becoming a weapon further up the ground,” he said.

Kieren Parnell has a story to soften even the hardest of hearts. His last game was in May 2017 when he suffered a partial tear of the ACL in his right knee, which came only 14 months after he first injured the same knee in the opening minutes of the 2015/16 TIO NTFL Men’s Premier League Grand Final.

After undergoing surgery in mid-2017, he has been diligent with his rehab and did his first 2km time trial towards the back end of the 2018 NEAFL season.

“I love the story of what Keiren’s been through and now seeing him at the point of getting back to what he enjoys doing. He’s eager to get himself back on the field as soon as possible, and after a couple of seasons on the list, he will hopefully make his NT Thunder senior debut this year.

“There’s no question about his talent, so we are going to do everything we can to provide an opportunity for him to make up for some lost time and be the player we think he can become,” Reeves said.

At 21-years-old, Yarran is well known for his clean skills and pace at NTFL level, where he is a previous winner of the Rising Star Award, and also at NEAFL, where he has played 22 games and kicked 16 goals.

A midfielder who can also sneak forward he has the ability to turn a game.

“It’s thrilling to have Nick on board, he has some magic, and I have enjoyed the conversations we’ve shared so far, especially about his desire to improve and reach his full potential.

“We look forward to having him at the club this season and seeing him build on the strong form he has been showing with St Mary’s,” Reeves said.